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AWADmail Issue 240December 17, 2006
A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages
From: Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
Researchers and Linguists Piece Together Dead Language:
They All Speak English:
From: Bernard Schweitzer (bpschw earthlink.net)
J.S. Bach once broke his collarbone, and his doctors replaced it with a metal one. It was, however, too flexible, so they replaced that one with a collarbone made of specially heat treated steel. Thus, the "well tempered clavicle".
From: J.K. Mustang (mustangjkw hotmail.com)
Reminded me of a joke from "Reader's Digest".
Q: What do you do if you're attacked by a troupe of circus performers?
From: Howard Olivier (howard flyingpie.com)
Jugulatte: being willing to kill for a good cup of coffee.
From: Carolyn and Joel Senter (sherlock sherlock-holmes.com)
I once broke my hand by stumbling while out walking for my health. I know two people, actually three, who have died while "running for their health"; two heart attacks and one traffic fatality. If people would stay in bars drinking and smoking, as nature intended, there would be fewer accidents of this kind. We should all learn from our own mistakes!
From: Ken Thornton-Smith (kenif yokenif.com)
I used to live in DC, and would regularly see a car with a West Virginia tag bearing the legend: PB FT
Men ever had, and ever will have leave, / To coin new words well suited to the age, / Words are like leaves, some wither every year, / And every year a younger race succeeds. -Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)